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Composite, Recycled, or Reused Plant Materials

On October 1, 2009, APHIS began enforcement of the declaration requirements for plant products in certain Harmonized Tariff Schedule chapters that are composed in whole or in part of composite materials, such as medium density fiberboard (MDF), particle board, or paperboard; or recycled, reused, or reclaimed (including driftwood) material. For the purposes of the Lacey Act Declaration, importers of such materials may have difficulty identifying the scientific name (genus/ species), of the plant products they import. If an importer of such materials is unable through the exercise of due care to determine the scientific name for the plant materials, the importer may use the applicable SUD.  By using the Special Use Designation, the importer is representing that it is not possible through the exercise of due care to determine the scientific name of such plant materials. If a product is not composed entirely of composite, recycled, reused and/or reclaimed materials, the importer must> indicate the scientific name for all other plant product components.

In an effort to simplify the SUD policy, APHIS has combined the SUDs for composite products into one designation (“Composite”) and for reused and reclaimed into another designation (“Reclaimed”). The importer should use the appropriate designation for their product in the Scientific Name fields. Importers must also identify the type of product in the article description field.  APHIS has not made any changes to the SUD for recycled material.

For purposes of the Lacey Act Declaration, APHIS uses the following definitions for the terms “Composite”, “Recycled”, and “Reused and/or Reclaimed”:

Composite: These are materials made of small fibers of more than one kind of plant that are bonded together chemically and include: Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), High Density Fiberboard (HDF), Oriented Strand Board (OSB), Particle Board, Paper, Paperboard, and Cardboard.

Recycled:These are materials which are derived from highly processed waste material and include: Recycled Paper, Recycled Paperboard.

Reused and/or Reclaimed:Excluding driftwood, these are materials which have initially been processed by another company for a difference purpose, and are then repurposed to create new products.  The plant materials include: driftwood, construction debris, reclaimed lumber or wood salvaged from old buildings, furniture or ships.

11. HTS Number 12. Entered Value 13. Article/
14. Scientific Name
15. Country of Harvest 16. Quantity of Plant Materials 17. Unit of Mearure 18. Percent
9401692010 1354 Bentwood Seats Made of Oak Quercus lineata
500 Kg 0


2432 Seats made with MDF SPECIAL COMPOSITE Malaysia 450  Kg 0


Canada 5 Kg 0
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